Australia Name Prime Minister's XI

Brad Hodge
Brad Hodge has been named in the Prime Minister's XI to play England in Canberra
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Test-capped players Jackson Bird and Brad Hodge will feature for the Australian Prime Minister's XI when they take on England in a one-day game on 14th January.

Brett Lee will captain the side that also includes Luke Pomersbach, Ben Cutting and a number of young players selected by PM Tony Abbott and the Cricket Australia National Selection Panel.

"It is an honour to announce the squad to take on England in next week’s Prime Minister’s XI match," Abbott said.

"This team is an exciting mix of new talent and seasoned hands.

"After such an extraordinary Ashes win by the Australian Cricket team, I am looking forward to what should be another great day in our summer of cricket," he added.

National Selection Panel John Inverarity explained some of the selections, adding:

"This match is a special fixture on the Australian cricketing calendar. Brett Lee and Brad Hodge bring leadership and experience to the team and will be great drawcards.

"Chris Lynn has been in excellent form this season in all forms of the game. Jackson Bird is recovering well from injury and we are keen to increase his workload.

"We have also been pleased with the progress of left-arm orthodox spinner Clive Rose, who has performed well for Tasmania in the Bupa Sheffield Shield.

"ACT local Michael Spaseski is a promising young batsman and provides a great cricketing story. He is a first generation Australian of Macedonian parents, who knew nothing about cricket when they first came to Australia.

"We have every confidence that this team will perform well and that the players selected will represent the Prime Minister’s XI with pride," Inverarity concluded.

Prime Minister's XI: Brett Lee (captain), Jackson Bird, Ben Cutting, Peter Handscomb (wicket-keeper), Brad Hodge, Chris Lynn, Alister McDermott, James Muirhead, Luke Pomersbach, Clive Rose, Michael Spaseki, Shane Devoy (12th man)

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Fixtures & Results

12th January: 1st ODI, M.C.G, Melbourne
AUS 270-4 beat ENG 269-7 by 6 wickets
17th January: 2nd ODI, Gabba, Brisbane
AUS 301-9 beat ENG 300-8 by 1 wicket
19th January: 3rd ODI, S.C.G, Sydney
AUS 244-3 beat ENG 243-9 by 7 wickets
24th January: 4th ODI, WACA, Perth
ENG 316-8 beat AUS 259 by 57 runs
26th January: 5th ODI, Adelaide Oval, Adelaide
AUS 217-9 beat ENG 212 by 5 runs
29th January: 1st T20I, Bellerive Oval, Hobart
AUS 213-4 beat ENG 200-9 by 13 runs
31st January: 2nd T20I, M.C.G, Melbourne
AUS 131-2 beat ENG 130-9 by 8 wickets
2nd February: 3rd T20I, ANZ Stadium, Sydney
AUS 195-6 beat ENG 111 by 84 runs

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